One narrative that's been frequently espoused since the November elections is the political left in New York did poorly in the last election cycle.

But the New York state director of the Working Families Party doesn’t see it that way.

Sochie Nnaemeka pointed to the Monroe County Legislature’s flipping from red to blue, and argued that India Walton, while losing the general election, energized a coalition of Black, working class and young voters.

“They were hungry for change after decades of failed policy left by the incumbent mayor in Buffalo,” Nnaemeka said. “India Walton proudly won the primary race on the message of change and was greeted with a blacklash led by an alliance of Republican and corporate donors in support of the incumbent’s write-in campaign.”

Nevertheless, Nnaemeka feels the platform that Walton ran on is still deeply popular with voters.

“The cycle might be over, but the urgency for change and the energy on the ground has not dissipated,” she said.

But is the general public still hungry for what the progressive left is serving up?

“We are hearing (that) universal health care and child care, deep investments in our social safety net, green jobs – our issues, progressive issues, are tremendously popular with voters,” Nnaemeka said. “What we need to do is give voters something to vote for.”

Nnaemeka claims that Republicans “did succeed in advancing fear-mongering campaigns around taxes and public safety.

She argued Democrats will pick up votes again when they start to deliver on promises, like the Build Back Better plan.

“Voters were looking for Democrats to deliver something. People need a reason to vote and to be encouraged to leave their home and choose change,” she said.